October 6, 2019 Subject:
my 8th show
I finished my last exam at CU Boulder and walked home bored as could be. Saw a friend who was the same way. We determined we had nothing to do for a week or so, so we walked down to the ride board at the Union and saw somebody wanted riders to and from Berkley to see the Dead. We made arrangements to meet up at our place. The ride showed up with a group of friends, and we knew some of them, but didn't realize they were our ride. They were going to leave upset the ride people were no shows. We laughed and said we were them! We got in the car and were dropped off at the Greek Theater. Found a hotel at the Carlton Hotel above Blondies Pizza on Telegraph St. We saw these three shows WOW WEE!!!
The first night we just happened to have a 1/4 OZ of shrooms with us. We got way hi! The tie dye behind the stage was lined up so Jerry's head was in the center of the spiral tie dye design and electrical waves were flying out of Jerry's head! But, I digress
The show was so good. The opening thru the set ender we thought was so gosh darn fantasmo! But, who knew that the second set was going to be perfect? It didn't matter that Jerry messed up on the Black Peter lyrics. They were playing from some place out of this world. The stuff before drums was some of the best playing I've ever seen. Holy Crap every time I am down and out I put that Playin/Uncle Johns on and the world gets better. And, yes, you can here the band arguing over what to open the set with. Bobby did this jam into drums with Brent that was really pretty great. I've only heard him do that one other time in Madison, WI 6/24/83. But, that show the tapper section got dosed before the show and didn't get that shorter Bobby jam into drums on tape.
Anyway, The Sugar Mags is a powerful one folks. I think they did a lame song selection on the set 1 ending and the encore, but they played them as well as any other versions of those songs.
Thank you Blonie's Pizza for making good pizza. Thank you "Sarge" for helping Tony and Andy with the hotel rent, you were great to have around.
Thank you ?John? our ride.
Thanks to the guy that missed the first night because he was making some acid that night and came by the theater the next morning and dosed everybody in line.
Thanks to the paranoid man in SF that sold us the tickets, but was so put off in his paranoia that he gave us too many tickets.
Thanks to the drummers circle on campus every night.
Reviewer:Dark Star 101
May 22, 2019 Subject:
Sweet Second Set
I love 1982, saw way too many shows. The relative brevity of the 2nd set is crucial - just focused on the jams. Playin’ > UJB > D/S is perfect. Reminds me of a show I saw later in the summer - Red Rocks 7/27 - Playin’ > Terrapin > D/S. I’ll never forget the girl in front of me turn and say at the end of the show “Nothing but space”! She was right on. Long live 1982!
May 22, 2018 Subject:
Now let's go run and see..
Perhaps the best thing about the early Brent years is the Dead were pretty much relying on their own catalog of tunes. Although they didn't write some of those classic standards they had been playing tunes like NFA/ Good Lovin'/Dancin for a long, long time.
Anyway just good to get a full show of nothing but Grateful Dead songs. As much as i enjoyed the covers in the late 80's, ie-The Weight, all the Dylan stuff...
But on the other hand 'Baby Do You Wanna Dance' was one of my favorite covers ever!
Anyway, only gave this a 4 because i haven't got the 1st set in yet. I absolutely love the 2nd set anytime they explored PLAYIN and UJB it was as one reviewer aptly put it Apocalyptic. But perhaps After the Apocalypse when the great King returns to the City of Peace. ZION TRAIN IS COMING!
January 22, 2016 Subject:
In the interest of full disclosure, I was there, and so many reviews of attendees gush. In this case, however, I believe I've listened to enough shows to be able to opine without bias.
The second set of this show is as fine as you'll find. My copy of this show has a first set audience and a soundboard second, and I prefer the show that way. On my soundboard you can hear the boys arguing about how to start the second set if you turn it up.
I remember sitting on line from early in the morning until they opened the gates and being very close as a result. When the sun finally set behind the Greek's wall it was a welcome relief from what was a scorcher of a mid-may day. I also remember a large dog wandering the stage during space - we took it to be Otis, but who knows?
In 1982, Berkley still had a robust counter culture feel to it and seeing a show there felt a little different than anywhere else I went.
August 28, 2014 Subject:
A+ all the way through
Start to finish, nice concert. Especially like Sugar Magnolia for some reason, just lots of energy.
January 13, 2014 Subject:
This is great run at the Greek and the 3 shows together are an excellent representation of the early Brent era. Of the 3 shows, the 22nd is my favourite. This show is a great listen too with my highlight being the second set Playin'>UJB and the Playin reprise>Black Peter. Beautiful, clear CM sound as always.
May 21, 2011 Subject:
Perfect show for Judgment Day!
No need for the Rapture - just groove to the amazing second set of this show. The Playin>UJB is one of my favorite pieces of music by any band. The band's creativity is stunning. The transition into UJB is a great example of the triumphant, celebratory feeling the Dead created whenever they were "on".
May 22, 2010 Subject:
Very nice show. Perfect sound from the guru Charlie Miller. Is there a deadhead hall of fame? If so we must erect a Charlie Miller wing!
St. of Circumstance -
September 16, 2009 Subject:
Forgot to mention,
sound is a 10!
May 21, 2009 Subject:
Another CM gem
Great sound, great playing
January 9, 2009 Subject:
Sound quality is great
This show is solid. There is minor fluttering during SugMag but no other serious flaws.